Spiritual Hierarchy & Authority, Part 21
March 9, 2018
As we get
underway today, let me share just a tiny bit of something I watched unfold in
person when the Lord took me back into the Garden. I watched the temptation unfold, and I saw
into Adam’s thoughts and his spirit. I
also saw into the thoughts and motives of the Serpent . Hopefully, this bit of sharing will be as
revelatory for you as it was for me.
everything that God spoke was founded in Truth, there was an absoluteness to
everything which occurred. The very
foundations of the Universe rested upon that Truth. Truth, therefore, is a part of the invincible
foundation of the Throne. (We will
return to this, momentarily.)
consider again Adam and Eve. So long as
they dwelled in the place of unity and communion with the Lord, they were
clothed in Truth. What truth? The truth that they were created in the image
of God. The truth that they were created
in His likeness. The truth that they
were like Him -- i.e., "like God."
The truth that in Him was every piece of understanding, every piece of
wisdom, every piece of revelation they would ever need to exist -- PERIOD. END OF PARAGRAPH! EXCLAMATION MARK!
was absolutely nothing in the way of knowledge, understanding, or wisdom
they would ever need in order to live and function as the supreme rulers of
this world outside of Truth. In
fact, the Lord warned them that the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil,
which stood in the midst of the Garden near the Tree of Life, was the one tree
of which they should not eat because it contained a lethal virus which would
bring death to them "in the day you eat thereof."
with me to the Garden for a minute to consider the following:
Adam reaches to take the fruit from his beloved, Eve, to the utter horror and
surprise of the serpent. He will partake
of it, and in so doing, redeem her from the separation from him which would
otherwise surely come. Though Eve will
know death, it will not be the kind of death which would have come had she been
ripped from his fellowship, companionship and protection. Adam will gladly take the death to himself,
and in so doing, prevent the serpent from having her to his exclusive domain.
can see the astonishment on the serpent's visage. He had hoped to have the woman for
himself. They would become one -- or so
he had thought -- and he would have his revenge against the Lord. He would have what the Lord did not have -- a
counterpart, an “other self,” a co-equal to fulfill his onoma.
arrogance! Such pride! This picture of brazenness takes us back to
what we saw in Haman. Haman was the
perfect specimen of Lucifer -- the serpent, Satan -- as he sought to accomplish
precisely the same thing with the destruction of Esther and her people, and
gain the throne by the overthrow of Xerxes (Ahasuerus).
again it has come to naught. Oh, the
serpent will have Adam and Eve under his dominion. Though they will still be One, they will be
his slaves, and he will have prevented the Lord from having His Bride........or
so he thinks. His efforts to have a
bride for himself will not cease. He
will change his approach many times in the ages to come.
will greatly fear the human race, even though they are under his dominion. He will seek in every possible way to prevent
them from ever seeing the heart and purposes of the Lord to have for Himself a
counterpart. His approaches will become
more and more camouflaged as he strives to gain the heart of a people. He will become even more crafty. And in the end, it will still come to naught.
act will condemn them both to removal from the Garden, and separation from the
Lord God, and the intimate relationship they have known with Him. Outside the Garden and beyond this place,
this portal where eternity has ruled, a time clock will begin ticking. Adam and Eve will begin to feel -- albeit
slowly, at first -- the effects of aging.
The clock will tick for nine hundred and thirty years for Adam and Eve,
and they will die, as surely as the Lord had warned them. They will die "in the day they ate
as they were created on the "sixth day," where "a day with the
Lord is as a thousand years," and dwelled with the Lord through the sixth
and seventh days, they will die before the end of the eighth day, some nine
hundred thirty years following their departure from the Garden.
measured within the framework of time as we have known time, their lives would
stretch from their exiting of the Garden to the day when David erected his tabernacle. No human beings -- ever -- will dwell on the
face of the earth for a span of time to equal that of Adam and Eve -- unless it
be us........but we will not get into that today!
extraordinary thing will have happened, however. Adam's act of participating with Eve and
eating of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil will have
thwarted the Serpent's plan. He thought
he was going to rob Adam of Eve, and in so doing, prevent the Plan of the Lord
God from going forth in the earth. True,
the Serpent did now have Adam and Eve living under his dominion -- so to speak
-- but the Plan of the Lord God was even more surely established in the earth.
has demonstrated the onoma of the Lord. He chose to die for his beloved Eve rather
than allow her to be forever separated from him, and imprisoned to the abuses
of the serpent, whose true colors became evident as he spoke his lies and
opposition to the expressed word and warning of the Lord. He would go down in history as "the
first Adam," having redeemed his bride from destruction, separation, and
they and their descendants born outside the Garden would be subject to the
wiles, the torments, the treachery of the serpent, who would henceforth be
called, Satan. Yes, they would now have
to "work for a living" by tilling the ground instead of watching it
simply spring forth spontaneously as it had in the Garden. Yes, they would know disease and sickness,
labor and hardship. They would see their
descendants fight among themselves and kill one another. They would live to see such evil come upon
the earth as could scarcely be imagined.
would see the true effects of eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
as death reigned in the earth. They
would know that although they had been given the Tree of Knowledge -- along
with the Tree of Life in the Garden -- and the freedom to choose whether to
partake or to heed the warnings of the Lord God, it was their choices which had
separated them from Him.
in the midst of it all, hope and a promise would spring forth in their beings,
for in the midst of their removal from the Garden of Eden, the Lord had
spoken. As the Serpent was transformed
from a creature of beauty and loveliness into a hated snake who would be
forever condemned to crawl on his belly in the dust of the earth, trodden over
and despised of the human race, God had spoken, "I will
put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; and
it shall overwhelm and crush your head, and you shall snap at and attempt to
bruise his heel."
was there promised to Eve -- and to Adam -- the coming of a descendant who
would turn the tables on the serpent -- one who would crush him and destroy his
power over the human race. That One
would come in the likeness of Adam, who redeemed his bride from destruction.
Do you see what cost Adam and Eve the
Throne? Do you see beyond the actual
events which unfolded to the principle which is revealed by the Lord?
Adam willingly gave himself for Eve, he nevertheless traded Truth for
"knowledge." Enticed by the
lure of the "Knowledge of Good and Evil," and forgetting that they
had something in their relationship with the Lord far greater than "knowledge"
-- namely, "revelation" -- Eve succumbed to a lie. It is a lie which has been the pervasive
undercurrent in all of society from that day forth.
the events which followed immediately after Adam and Eve partook of that fruit.
Genesis 3:7-11 NASB: "And the eyes of
them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig
leaves together, and made themselves loin coverings. And they heard the sound of the Lord God
walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid
themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the
garden. Then the Lord God called to the
man, and said to him, 'Where are you?'
And he said, 'I heard the sound of Thee in the garden, and I was afraid
because I was naked; so I hid myself.'
And He said, 'Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the
tree of which I commanded you not to eat?'"
come after all these years of walking with the Lord and enjoying the intimacy
of their fellowship and union with Him, they just now discovered that they were
naked? Hmmmm....... Would you believe that they weren't naked
before? Oh yes, Genesis 2:25 says, "And
the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed," but the word used
in this instance in the Hebrew text is: arom (pronounced, aw-rohm).
means: to be nude (in the physical sense), to be without clothing or garments
of cloth. It is a different word,
however, which occurs in Genesis 3:7-11.
In this instance, the word in the Hebrew text is: erom (pronounced,
ey-rome). While it has the same root as
the previous word, its application differs in that it is used primarily in the
case of having been stripped; having one's covering removed.
significance of this is seen in the fact that not once during the period of all
those years in fellowship with the Lord did they ever see themselves as
naked. True, they had no clothes on, but
they were not naked. They were clothed
in Truth! They were clothed in
Righteousness. They were clothed in the
glory of the Lord. And they enjoyed a
relationship of love with Jesus, their Creator.
in that place of being clothed, they ruled! They functioned in unquestioned authority.
funny thing happened when they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and
Evil. They were stripped. And of course, we know they had no clothes to
be removed. But they were stripped,
nonetheless. They were stripped of
Truth. They were stripped of
Righteousness. They were stripped of the
glory of the Lord.
more, they were stripped of the authority they once held over the Serpent,
Satan. And their intimate relationship
with the Lord was history.
they were naked!
isn't it? Now Adam and Eve had the very
thing the sages of this world strive for.
Now they possessed that quantifiable knowledge men and women the world
over seek for in their colleges, universities and seminaries -- ever
learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the Truth!
and Eve had given up Truth in exchange for knowledge. When they got that knowledge, it robbed them
of the throne. It stole their
crown. It exchanged the Truth for a lie.
it left them naked! It left them
defenseless against that old Serpent, Satan, who took them into slavery and
they been naked all that time? Not in
God's eyes. Who cares whether knowledge
sees you that way? Knowledge --
regardless of how factual it may be -- perpetrates a lie. Knowledge robs men and women of relationship. Knowledge steals love and intimacy. Knowledge deprives God's people of love, of
power, and of a sound mind. Knowledge
this case, Adam and Eve were infected with the Fear of Evil, and they reacted
to it instantly. They did what every
rational(?), reasoning member of the human race has done from that day to this
when faced with Evil (or whatever is perceived as Evil): they ran and hid
had they not run and hid before? Had the
natural circumstances changed? No! But they had.
They had traded revelation for knowledge. They had been tricked into exchanging the
Life of Truth for the death and lie of knowledge.
they learned -- the hard way -- that Truth, a loving relationship with the
Lord, the Throne, the Crown, and the glory of the Lord were all inextricably,
inseparably woven together. Without
Truth, there was no throne of God.
Without relationship and love, there was no crown for them. Knowledge did not make them "as
God!" It turned them into slaves
held captive in cruel bondage to the great pretender, the father of all lies,
who wanted the throne for himself.
it seems like I’m being somewhat repetitious and redundant in the coverage of
this revelation, bear with me. As you
well know, repetition is intrinsic to retaining knowledge, and the territory we
are covering bears more on a revelation of who and what Jesus Christ is in us,
and the essential character and makeup of the authority and dominion He has
imbued in us and with us. If we are
walking in Truth, His dominion and authority are the natural byproduct of our entire
just getting started with this aspect of authority. I still have a lot of ground to cover here,
so let’s pause for today and we’ll take the next step in this study next week.
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